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COBA - Biographies
Charmaine Headley in 'Orisha Suite'
COBA:BIOGRAPHIES
MAFA MAKHUBALO
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Born and raised in Sasolburg, South Africa, Mafa Makhubalo has been dancing since the age of five. Starting out in Ballroom and Latin dancing, Makhubalo has built an impressive and diverse dance portfolio with dance companies and institutions around the world. He has collaborated with the Alvin Alley Dance Company in South Africa and toured with the Vuyane Dance Theatre in Amsterdam. Makhubalo has also apprenticed for Ballet Creole.
Born and raised in Sasolburg, South Africa, Mafa Makhubalo has been dancing since the age of five. Starting out in Ballroom and Latin dancing, Makhubalo has built an impressive and diverse dance portfolio with dance companies and institutions around the world. He has collaborated with the Alvin Alley Dance Company in South Africa and toured with the Vuyane Dance Theatre in Amsterdam. Makhubalo has also apprenticed for Ballet Creole.

He has performed at the FIFA Soccer World Cup Conference in Morocco, the Grahams-town Arts Festival, the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella, the Arts Alive Festival and the Africa Foot Print Musical. He represented South Africa at the Lefkada International Cultural Festival in Greece.

An enthusiastic and avid supporter of community outreach, Makhubalo has contributed to the development and implementation of arts programs to empower youth. He was awarded Best Community Builder of the Year by the Premier Youth League Awards.

Makhubalo was invited to the Choreographers' Lab at the Jacob's Pillow Summer Program and the American Dance Festival Summer Program. He currently serves as the Artistic Director for the Zamdela Performing Arts Centre (ZAPAC). Makhubalo has performed with the OMO Dance Company and is a member of the Aya Dance Collective. He has served as instructor for Dance Immersion YAP Program and the Children Dance Theatre. He continues to add to his extensive experience in the dance community through his involvement in the Premier Dance Company and the Collective of Black Artists, COBA.

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